The Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents

Remodeling a Small Bedroom to Turn a Sickroom Into An Encouragement Room

 

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine Proverbs 17 22 sm

Let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. 

1 John 3:18 (MESS)

Welcome to a very special Miracle Party post at SandwichINK Real Estate Info, which is being hosted by Kelee Katillac and Guideposts Magazine! Kelee is a fellow blogger with a gift for giving, along with awesome creative design skills. She heard about Colette Gauthier, recently diagnosed with cancer, whose doctor had just told her that she had a 5-15% chance of survival.

Kelee teamed up with Guideposts and a great team of helpers  and used their wonderful talents for remodeling a small bedroom in Colette's rental house, turning it from a bleak and dingy sickroom into a beautiful and encouraging bedroom which "dramatically helped her through chemotherapy. The restored and renewed space filled her with hope." The video, which documents the story and shares plenty of delightful and encouraging bedroom decor ideas, and the room itself are "great visual reminders that healing is possible for our homes and lives….that miracles do happen!"

What an uplifting story and video (it may take a couple of seconds to load):

Wasn't that terrific! But wait, she's not done! She wants to do it again for others! And you can help her make a big difference very easily. Just pop over to The Katillac Shack and leave a comment. 1 Comment from you earns a $1.00 Donation from Design Gives Back in your name to be given to the next makeover project for someone-in-need. And if you visit the four other blogs listed there, that $1 will turn into $5. Plus, if you sign up for Kelee's free email, you'll increase the amount of the donation even more.

For many of us in the Sandwich Generation, busy caring for elderly parents, helping with the grandchildren, and watching over their yard and real estate needs, finding ways to reach out to minister to others can be a struggle. But this is something most of us CAN do quite easily. AND be blessed ourselves in the process. Blessed by the giving AND blessed by the fun contests Kelee is offering as part of her MIRACLE PARTY in conjunction with Guideposts Magazine. And don't forget to visit Spiritual Sunday as well, for more Miracle Party joy-full fun, along with wonderfully encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship musicJoin us, won't you 🙂 

 

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine Proverbs 17 22 sm

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." 

Luke 6:38 (NIV)

 

 

 

I loved this verse from Proverbs 5:21. It's perfect for the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents – including their real estate needs.

It's vital for us to remember that God is always watching over us, examining our paths, and encouraging us to "live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ."  (Phil 1:27 MESS)

The Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and helping with grandkids needs to examine their phsyical paths AND their spiritual paths

 A man's ways are in full view of the Lord

and He examines all his paths.

It's also important for us, as elder caregivers and granny nannies and pappies, to make sure the physical pathways of our home and those of our senior parents, are safe for all ages to walk on.

If their concrete is jagged, like above, or there are areas where it's pretty much gone (see below), it's important to either fix it, or find a safer walking area for them elsewhere. Walking canes (they make some sharp looking ones for both men and women 🙂 ) can also be helpful, as can a helping arm. 🙂

Also, make sure all the cute toys of the grandkids are safely stowed so great-grandpa or grandma doesn't accidentally trip on them. (Though in my house, my senior mom is way more observant than I am, so it's more likely this Baby Boomer will do the tripping. 🙂  ).

This cute Webkinz spotted FROG reminds us to fully rely on God AND to put all the grandkids Webkinz stuffed animals and other toys away so grandparents do not trip on them

For more encouraging photos and Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation, caring for grandkids and elderly parents and their real estate needs, be sure to visit Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions. And…